Weekend Box Office Preview
December 10, 2004

'Blade' taking on vampires, 'Oceans'

SEQUELS SNOWBALL

Sequels last longer at the box office in December than in other months, generating a smaller amount of their total gross in their opening weekend. ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ and ‘Blade: Trinity’ are the top draws this weekend.

     Month

 % of opening B.O. to final cume.*

      Dec.

          21%

      Nov. 

          27%

      May

          28%

      July

          30%

      Aug.

          32%
      June 

          33%

 

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Ocean’s Twelve (WB) 3,290
Blade: Trinity (New Line)

2,912

Bandido (Innovation) LA 12
Fabled (Indican)

3

The Green Butchers (Newmarket) DC, LA 2
The Life Aquatic (BV) NY, LA 2
A Talking Picture (Kino) NY, LA 2
Born Into Brothels (ThinkFilm) NY 1
Dolls (Palms) NY 1

YEAR TO DATE*
(in billions of $)
8.2

’03

(thru Dec. 7 )

8.4
+2%


’04

(thru Dec. 5)

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1. Ocean’s Twelve

2. Blade: Trinity

3. National Treasure

4. Christmas With the Kranks

5. Closer

These are the top 5 most requested films from activity on Moviefone’s Web site and requests from callers. The top five has historically been 80% accurate in predicting the weekend’s top five movies at the box office.
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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Dec. 9
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New date

Old date
BUENA VISTA

A Lot Like You April 22
Chicken Little Nov. 4 July 1
Cars June 9 ’06

Nov. 4

FINE LINE

The Sea Inside
Dec. 17

Dec. 22

FOX

Flight of the Phoenix
Dec. 17

Dec. 22

IDP

Walk on Water
Feb. 25

April 1

D.E.B.S.
March 25

Jan. 28

LIONS GATE

Waiting
Oct. 7

TBA

SONY

The Legend of Zorro
Nov. 4

Sept. 23

UNIVERSAL

Nanny McPhee
TBA

March 25

                           
Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource
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